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Sustainability-linked bonds: flexibility drives growth

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Contributors: Greg Cass, Atul Jhavar, Will Jones, Karan Shah

Sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) have exploded in popularity since the publication of ICMA’s SLB Principles in 2020. After a high-performing 2021 in the SLB market, and with investor demand for sustainability-themed products and measurable sustainability metrics on the rise, our Investment Banking experts in London, New York, Paris and Singapore share three key insights on the future of SLBs.

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Contributors: Greg Cass, Atul Jhavar, Will Jones, Karan Shah

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About the experts

Greg Cass

Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Americas

Greg Cass runs the Americas Sustainable Capital Markets practice and is based out of New York. Greg has been with the firm since 2007. Before moving into his current role in 2020, Greg worked in the Global Finance Advisory team, analyzing capital allocation, capital structure, financial risk management, and cost of capital strategies for corporate issuers, primarily focusing on the Healthcare and Technology sectors. Greg has a BS in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research with a minor in Economics from Columbia University.

Atul Jhavar

Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific

Atul Jhavar is a Managing Director within the Investment Bank. Based in Singapore, he leads Barclays’ Sustainable Capital Markets business in Asia-Pacific and also oversees the firm’s DCM business in Southeast Asia. Atul has over 15 years of experience in the Asian fixed income markets. He has spent most of his career based in Singapore and Hong Kong and has executed numerous transactions for sovereigns, banks and corporates in the region, including green bonds, green project finance and sustainability-linked debt. Atul has a degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University.

Will Jones

Director, Green & Sustainable Capital Markets

Will Jones is a Director within the Investment Bank based in London and is responsible for structuring and arranging ESG debt products including Green, Social, Sustainability (GSS), Transition and Sustainability-Linked Bonds. He has over 12 years of investment banking and advisory experience, with particular emphasis on debt origination, structuring and syndication. Will has significant experience working with clients across all sectors in Europe, most recently focusing on Northern European transactions in UK and Nordics, as well as CEEMEA. Will has acted as Structuring Advisor to numerous issuers covering the corporate, financial and charitable sectors. Will holds an honours degree in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham.

Karan Shah

Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

Karan Shah is a Managing Director within the Investment Bank, and leads the Fixed Income Syndicate business for Barclays Europe, based in Paris. He has over 14 years of experience, the vast majority spent in London, executing transactions for the firm’s global Corporate clients, across Developed and Emerging Markets. In addition, he is the ESG Lead for the desk. Karan has a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the London School of Economics.

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